The  Indian  Steel Industry dates back to 1907 when Tata  Iron  & Steel  Co.Ltd. (TISCO) was registered. In independent India,  for four  decades  the  industry  grew  in  a  highly  protected and controlled  environment.  Between  1948  and  1990  the domestic production of crude steel has grown at an annual average compound rate of 6.1 % from 1.5 million tonnes to 15 million tonnes. The economic reforms initiated by the government since 1991  have added  new dimensions to industrial growth in general  and  steel industry  in  particular.  Lisencing  requirement  for capacity creation has been abolished. Steel industry has been removed from the  list  of industries reserved for public sector.  Price and distribution controls were removed from January 1992 with a  view to make  the steel  industry  efficient and competitive. Restrictions  on external trade both in imports and exports  have been removed and import duty rates have been reduced drastically.
All  these  measures have resulted in an up looking  steel  sector taking  steel production to 22.72 million tonnes in  1996-97.  At the same time it is witnessing a cut throat competition and  also the closure of some of the units.
The  key to success seems to be globalization. The  international trade  has become far more important than earlier days. Also  one has  to  consider  the effects of global steel  industry  on  the domestic one and plan the strategy accordingly. Experts feel that the  business would gradually shift from money to  expertise  and information  in  coming years. So let us be ready to  accept  and digest that change.

Inaugural Fuction
Inaugurated by :- Development Commissioner for Iron & Steel
Key Note Address : Mr. Moosa Raza


International Trade - Problems & Prospects

Session Chairman - Mr. J. Mehra (MD. Essar Steels Ltd.)
i) TISCO - Mr. Rana Sinha (Director)
ii) Ispat Industries Ltd. - Mr. Barin Das (VP. Mkg)
iii) Jindal Vijaynagar Steels Ltd. - Mr. S. W. Wagh (Sr. V. P., International Mkg.)
iv) Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Ltd. - Mr. S. K. Narayan (Executive Director, Marketing)
v) Beddows & Co. (U.K.) - Dr. Rod Beddows (Chairman)
vi) SAIL - Mr. B.N.Jha

Information Technology - An enabler to global competitiveness

Session Chairman - Mr. Anil Laud (MD. Siemens Information Systems Ltd.)
i) Essar Steel Ltd. - Mr. A. P. Kastuwal (Vice President, IT)
ii) Siemens Information Systems Ltd. - Mr. Rana Mukharjee (GM. Marketing)
iii) i2 Technologies (USA) - Mr. Dian Jen (Vice President, Metals)
iv) Joint Plant committee (Ministry of Steel )- Mr. S. Gupta (Manager EDP)

Ministry of Steel

  • International Trade - Problems & Prospects
  • Information Technology - An enabler to global competitiveness

Date & Venue
7th November
Regal Room No.3, The Oberoi Towers. Nariman Point, Mumbai